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Alberta at standoff with Edmonton-area church over COVID rules; Dr. Hinshaw says she can’t intervene

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Alberta’s top doctor says her hands are tied when it comes to a rural church that is defying public COVID-19 health orders by hosting Sunday services with hundreds of maskless congregants. Chief medical health officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she helps set policy, but it’s up to Alberta Health …

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Rural church near Edmonton ordered to close for breaking COVID-19 rules after December warning

The crowded parking lot of Grace Life Church Of Edmonton in Parkland County, on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

A Christian church on the outskirts of Edmonton that has defied Alberta’s COVID-19 rules for several weeks in a row has been ordered to close, after ignoring a warning issued in December. The closure order dated Friday was issued to GraceLife Church Of Edmonton, located just outside the city …

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Hospital ICUs in Calgary reach record high for COVID-19 patients

Hospital ICUs in Calgary reach record high for COVID-19 patients

Alberta has made some major progress in the fight against COVID-19, with the number of daily new cases dropping significantly since the province reached its highest numbers during the pandemic so far in December. Alberta’s positivity rate is trending downward too. But in Calgary, the COVID-19 situation in hospital …

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Private, rapid COVID-19 testing available in Edmonton – Edmonton

Private, rapid COVID-19 testing available in Edmonton - Edmonton

If you’ve booked a COVID-19 test at the Edmonton Expo Centre, it’s because you’re either experiencing symptoms of the disease or you’re a close contact of a positive case. But for everyone else, there is another option: private, rapid testing. Three Medicine Shoppe locations in the Edmonton area are …

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Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout rate and the plan to ramp it up

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It has been three weeks since the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Alberta. Now, three weeks later, people can start receiving their second dose to be fully vaccinated. The number of Albertans receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is on the rise but it’s only slowly getting …

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COVID-19: RCMP charge Alberta care home worker for allegedly failing to isolate after visit to U.S.

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An employee at a central Alberta care home has been charged under the Federal Quarantine Act after the RCMP alleged they did not properly self-isolate following a visit to the U.S. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Canada currently requires everyone entering the country — with some exceptions — to …

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Coronavirus: Worried Alberta daughter moves mom out of long-term care – Calgary

Debbie Milburn outside the Airdrie hotel.

Debbie Milburn and her mom, 83-year-old Grace Johnston, are living at a hotel in Airdrie, Alta. It’s a temporary home until Milburn can get her mom into a long-term care home. She was so worried about her mother living at AgeCare’s Walden facility, she moved her out just as …

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‘Challenging’ holiday season for Alberta physicians; signs people avoiding hospital care

‘Challenging’ holiday season for Alberta physicians; signs people avoiding hospital care

An Alberta emergency room physician is sharing what it was like working through the holidays this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Shazma Mithani is currently working at the ERs at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. She worked a six-day stretch over the Christmas …

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AHS says emergency department closed at only hospital in High Prairie, Alta. – Edmonton

AHS says emergency department closed at only hospital in High Prairie, Alta. - Edmonton

The emergency department at the hospital in High Prairie, Alta., has been closed down by Alberta Health Services. The provincial agency said on Twitter Monday evening that the closure of the emergency department at the High Prairie Health Complex was a “temporary measure” and AHS was “working to ensure …

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Concerns growing over COVID-19 outbreak at Calgary’s AgeCare SkyPointe care home – Calgary

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Some worried family members and residents feel a COVID-19 outbreak at a northeast Calgary care home is getting out of control. To date, 124 residents and 94 staff at AgeCare SkyPointe have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. One worker testes positive after working on Christmas Day. Officials said …

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